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Monday's Mini-Report, 12.28.20

Today's edition of quick hits.


Today's edition of quick hits:

* The latest out of Nashville: "The suspect in the Christmas morning explosion that rocked downtown Nashville, Tennessee, identified as Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, died in the blast, investigators said Sunday."

* Brexit breakthrough: "With just days until the deadline, the United Kingdom and European Union agreed to a post-Brexit trade deal on Thursday, signaling the end of a four-year saga that engulfed British politics and exposed a deep cultural divide that shows no signs of healing."

* Keep expectations low: "The Trump administration is scrambling to send one-time stimulus payments to millions of Americans starting as soon as this week, as the U.S. government races to implement a $900 billion coronavirus aid package that President Trump signed late Sunday after days of delays. It remains unclear if that timeline will be met in part because Friday is a holiday and the government has fewer days to complete the task."

* Seems like an obvious call: "President-elect Joe Biden will use a Korean War-era law to supply vaccines and other COVID-19 essentials, an adviser said Monday. The Trump administration has been somewhat reluctant to use the Defense Production Act, a law that allows the federal government to order private industries to initiate or prioritize certain orders."

* This was not a smart case: "A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has dismissed California Rep. Devin Nunes' first lawsuit against The Washington Post, saying Nunes' complaints about a Post article did not constitute defamation."

* Calling this a "pro-life" administration seems problematic: "Private executioners paid in cash. Middle-of-the-night killings. False or incomplete justifications. ProPublica obtained court records showing how the outgoing administration is using its final days to execute the most federal prisoners since World War II."

* It's a fair point: "Two Republican House members' recent decision to vote by proxy — while simultaneously suing Speaker Nancy Pelosi to ban the use of proxy voting — must result in the GOP-led lawsuit being thrown out, the House's top lawyer argued in a court filing on Wednesday."

See you tomorrow.